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Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The pet beds are used by 15+ dogs who inhabit our senior sanctuary and are used for transporting new arrivals.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The beds help keep the dogs in our sanctuary comfy and cozy while they await their forever homes. The beds also help ease stress during the transport of new arrivals.

How many pets did this grant help?

15+

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Written by our transport coordinator: “I drive many freedom rides, transporting innocent senior pups from high-stress situations such as being scared and hopeless in a shelter, often on the euthanasia list, or picking them up from a home where the only owner they have ever known has passed away or been moved to a nursing home. No matter the circumstance, their world has been turned upside down, and they are scared and uncertain about what is happening to them.

“I find that, when doing their freedom ride, it really helps to provide the dogs with a comfortable and safe place to ride as we start their journey to a new and better life. These rides often require them to be in my SUV for several hours. I find that, by making them comfortable, it makes it much easier for me to transport them as they settle in and relax, enjoying the soft, comfy bed I have provided for them. It is a great start to their new life as it shows them their life is changing and they will now know nothing but love, caring, compassion, kindness, and happiness.

“The 14-year-old pup shown in these photos took a four-hour freedom ride to our sanctuary when the only owner she had ever known passed away and other family members could not take her. Our rescue stepped in to help find her a new loving, caring family where she can live out the rest of her life in a home where she feels safe, happy, and loved. As you can see, she was able to relax and enjoy her comfy ride, and I am happy to say she found her forever family within two days of her freedom ride. She is off to live her best life.”

Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary: COVID-19 Operation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The Petfinder Foundation’s $1,000 grant was used toward the initial immunizations of 23 dogs rescued from regional [open-intake] shelters or owner surrenders. Twenty-three dogs received the initial care necessary to make it possible to evaluate them and make them eligible for care in our sanctuary or promotion for fostering and adoption. A spreadsheet of specific dogs treated and points of care is available upon request.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary was established just two years ago, and in the past two years has rescued 972 dogs as of this date who were listed for euthanasia in the next 24 hours at [open-intake] shelters, abandoned, or surrendered by owners and families who could no longer care for them. Your grant made it possible for these dogs to receive care in our sanctuary and within our foster system, and be eligible for adoption into forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

Twenty-three dogs were provided initial vaccinations.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Meet Collins, a Great Dane/Rhodesian ridgeback mix rescued on April 28, 2020. Collins and four other dogs were reported as abandoned in a house surrounded by woods after their owner died. Neighbors had been trying to feed the dogs, who were terrified, hungry and covered with hundreds of ticks. After hours of coaxing and a two-hour drive, Collins and her friends went straight to the vet for vaccinations, physical exams and the painstaking removal of ticks and parasites.

Cowering in our rescue van, Collins began to trust one staff member at a time. She joined our family of dogs at our open-environment sanctuary, made friends with staff and volunteers, and found her forever home with a loving family on May 2, 2020. Not all of our dogs transition this quickly, but we are delighted for Collins and the close to 1,000 other dogs we have rescued in the past two years since Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary was established.